The last time I was asked that in an interview I said:
"Skittles. No, wait, chocolate covered blueberries. Well, snacks in general really."
I'm still working there 10 years later.
It's a bit of a silly question to ask I think, mostly people are going to give you some answer they've heard is a 'good thing to say at interviews'. It's really only helpful if people are actually honest when they answer, and many people are too afraid to be in that situation. Is there anything worse than coming up with an answer to that and having the interviewer frown, say "hmmm" and write something tiny on the paper behind their hand? Eeek!
Now I'm doing interviews, often the persons resume shows they have the skills and experience to do the job and I'm really looking for more of an insight into their personality, so instead of asking that question I say things like: "so, what would your greatest baking skill be? We like to snack here." Then when they answer I write in big letters on my paper "CAN MAKE SNACKS FOR OFFICE" with a tick next to it. They almost always laugh and it breaks the ice for the rest of the interview. I find they're more relaxed at that point and able to talk a little more freely, that then usually gives me a better insight into them as a person than the usual stilted job interview answers.
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13-10-2015 20:42 #21
13-10-2015 20:43 #22Senior Member
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Meh, I'm a perfectionist, and I don't really care if everyone else says it, it's true for me! And it only starts off as a weakness anyway, then it becomes a strength.
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14-10-2015 06:11 #25
I hate the question too. I have always preferred to ask an interviewee if they could identify points of growth for themselves.
14-10-2015 06:40 #26Senior Member
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In my experience they are looking to see how you pro actively over come your weakness. So state the issue/weakness but always follow it up with and this is what I've done to improve or work on it
14-10-2015 08:49 #27
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14-10-2015 08:56 #29
Good grief I HATE that dang question!
I think one I've used before is "I guess I tend to put off menial tasks, like filing".
I also think I've said that one of my weaknesses is that I tend to shy away from being confrontational in person. You can spin that as a positive by saying that this has served you well in previous workplaces as you are not the type to have major issues with work colleagues - you fit in well and don't cause unrest in the workplace.
14-10-2015 08:58 #30
My answer is something like this:
I like to take on extra work and projects, but sometimes I have trouble speaking up when I've got too much on my plate and my work can suffer as a result. I've learned to ensure that I'm open about my workload and not to see it as a bad thing to tell my manager that I need assistance.
My current role required me to interview with the CEO, who asked me to name THREE weaknesses. I wasn't ready for that one!
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